DETROIT LIONS AT PACKERS NOV 6 2017 MNF BY THE NUMBERS
The following are from the Detroit Lions’ 30-17 win against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on Monday, November 6, 2017.
LIONS WIN ON MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
With a 30-17 win on Monday Night Football at Green Bay, the Lions have now claimed two victories on MNF in the same season for the first time since 1995 (27-24 vs. SF 9/25/95; 27-7 vs. Chi 12/4/95). In Week 2, the Lions claimed a 24-10 win at the New York Giants on MNF.
The win also gives the Lions two road victories on MNF in the same season for the first time since the inception of MNF in 1970.
Detroit has now won back-to-back MNF games for the first time since they won three straight in 1994-95 (20-17 OT at Dal 9/19/94; 27-24 vs. SF 9/25/95; 27-7 vs. Chi 12/4/95).
Under Head Coach Jim Caldwell (since 2014), the Lions have played on MNF six times and have posted a 4-2 record. The Lions have also won three of four on MNF dating back to a 35-27 win at New Orleans December 21, 2015. Caldwell now has more Monday Night wins (4) than any coach in Lions history, as he surpassed the previous best of three by Monte Clark and Wayne Fontes.
The Lions’ win at Lambeau Field represents Detroit’s fifth-straight MNF game that has occurred on the road. Detroit now has a 3-2 record in those five road games.
WIN AT LAMBEAU FIELD
The Lions have now won two of their past three games at Lambeau Field. The 13-point win represents the largest margin of victory by the Lions at Green Bay since a 30-10 win December 12, 1982.
The Lions completed their 30-17 win at Lambeau Field without recording a single punt in the game. The last time the Lions did not punt in a game was against Kansas City November 25, 1971. This was just the third game since 1950 that the Lions have not punted in a single game and it is the only game since 1950 that this was achieved on the road.
The Lions began the scoring by capping off their opening offensive drive of the game with a 25-yard touchdown pass from QB Matthew Stafford to WR Marvin Jones, Jr. This marked the team’s first touchdown on the first offensive possession of the game this season.
On the Lions’ third drive, Detroit took a 14-0 lead on a 4-yard touchdown run by RB Ameer Abdullah. The TD run capped off a 13-play 91-yard drive that covered 6:50, marking the Lions’ longest touchdown drive of 2017.
For the first time this season, the Lions scored on both possessions that opened the first (TD) and second (FG) halves.
QB MATTHEW STAFFORD
200 CAREER TOUCHDOWNS
On the opening offensive drive of the game, QB Matthew Stafford connected with WR Marvin Jones, Jr. on a 25-yard touchdown that marked Stafford’s 200th career touchdown pass. By reaching 200 career pass TDs in his 117th game, Stafford accomplished this feat in the SIXTH-FEWEST games in NFL history. (Credit: Elias Sports Bureau)
On the touchdown to Jones Jr., Stafford became just the fourth player under 30 years old in NFL history to reach 200 career touchdowns. He joined Hall of Fame QB Dan Marino (245), QB Peyton Manning (244) and Hall of Fame QB Brett Favre (218) as the only passers to accomplish this before turning 30. (Credit: Elias Sports Bureau)
With two touchdown passes (25 and 11 yards) against the Packers, Stafford tied Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly (201) for the SEVENTH-MOST touchdown passes in a player’s first nine seasons. He became the eighth player in NFL history to throw 200 career touchdowns in his first nine seasons.
Stafford completed 26 passes against the Packers and now has 2,823 pass completions in 117 career games, making him the fastest player to reach 2,800 completions in NFL history.
Among Stafford’s 26 completions against the Packers included five passes of 20+ yards. He surpassed 400 20+-yard completions in his career and now has 402 in 117 career games. Stafford now has the eighth-most 20+-yard completions since he entered the NFL in 2009.
Against the Packers, Stafford threw for 361 yards and accumulated his 37th career 300-yard game, which ties Hall of Fame QB Kurt Warner and QB Drew Brees (37) for the FIFTH-MOST 300-yard passing games by a quarterback in his first nine seasons.
With 361 yards at Green Bay, Stafford has now thrown for 784 yards over the past two games, including 423 vs. Pittsburgh in Week 8 (10/29). This marks Stafford’s fourth-highest two-game total of his career and the most since 2013 when he threw for 845 yards against Cincinnati (357, 10/20/13) and Dallas (488, 10/27/13).
Including the 312 yards at New Orleans (10/15), Stafford has now compiled 300+-yards in three consecutives games during a single season for the second time in his career. The first time he accomplished this was in Games 14-16 to end the 2011 season (391 at Oak 12/18/11; 373 vs. SD 12/24/11; 520 at GB 1/1/12).
STAFFORD AT LAMBEAU FIELD
Including wins in 2015 and this year’s 30-17 win, Stafford has now quarterbacked the Lions to wins at Lambeau Field in two of the past three seasons. Stafford became the first Lions quarterback to win two games at Lambeau Field since QB Bill Munson in 1968 and 1970. The last Lions quarterback to win two games on the road against the Packers was QB Eric Hipple in 1983 (at Milwaukee) and 1986.
TWO 100-YARD RECEIVERS
Among the Lions receiving totals against Green Bay included a 113-yard effort by WR Golden Tate and a 107-yard outing by WR Marvin Jones Jr. This marks the Lions’ first game with two 100-yard receivers since October 18, 2015 vs. Chicago (WR Calvin Johnson, 166; WR Lance Moore 106).
WR GOLDEN TATE
In the win, WR Golden Tate caught 7 passes for 113 yards. Tate now has 50 receptions through the season’s first eight games and has accomplished this for the second time in his career (55 in 2014). Tate and WR Herman Moore (55 in 1995, 59 in 1996, 57 in 1997) are the only players in team history to ever record 50+ receptions through eight games.
With 7 receptions against the Packers, Tate passed WR Gail Cogdill (325, 1960-68) for SEVENTH on the team’s career receptions list. In 56 career games with the Lions, Tate has amassed 330 career catches.
Tate’s 113 yards against Green Bay marked his 10th career 100-yard game since joining the Lions in 2014. Overall, he has 13 career 100-yard outings as he became the eighth player in team history to record 10+ 100-yard receiving games.
WR MARVIN JONES JR.
In the Lions’ win at Lambeau Field, WR Marvin Jones, Jr. caught 7 passes for 107 yards and scored two touchdowns. With two touchdowns last year at Green Bay, Jones joined WR Herman Moore (1994-95) as the only Lions players since 1950 to register 2+ receiving touchdowns in consecutive games on the road vs. the Packers.
With 107 yards, Jones registered his fifth career 100-yard game and the fourth since joining the Lions in 2016.
Including the 128 yards vs. Pittsburgh last week, this marked the second time in his career that he recorded 100+ receiving yards in back-to-back games. He also accomplished this in Weeks 2-3 during the 2016 season (118 vs. Ten 9/18/18 and 205 at GB 9/25/16).
RB THEO RIDDICK
Against the Packers, RB Theo Riddick caught 4 passes for 62 yards. Riddick has now recorded 200 career receptions to become the THIRD Lions running back in team history with 200+ receptions (HOF RB Barry Sanders, 352; FB James Jones, 285).
Riddick moved into THIRD-PLACE on the career receptions by Lions running backs list by passing FB Cory Schlesinger (197) and RB Horace King (198).
Riddick reached 200 career receptions in his 62nd career game to achieve this milestone in the SECOND-FEWEST games by a Lions running back. FB James Jones caught his 200th career catch in 51 games.
With 62 receiving yards, Riddick moved past RB Dexter Bussey (1,616) and RB Joique Bell (1,638) for the FIFTH-MOST receiving yards by a Lions running back in team history.
LB NICK BELLORE
By playing in the Lions’ 30-17 win at Green Bay, LB Nick Bellore played in the 100th game of his career.
LB TAHIR WHITEHEAD
At Green Bay, LB Tahir Whitehead registered 5 tackles, 1 sack and 2 Tackles for Loss. With five tackles, Whitehead reached 300 tackles for his career.
Whitehead’s sack was the third of his career and the win marked his third career game with 2 TFLs.
CB DARIUS SLAY
With one pass defense at Green Bay, CB Darius Slay has now recorded 10+ pass defenses in four consecutive seasons (17 in 2014, 13 in 2015, 13 in 2016). Slay joined CB Dré Bly (2003-06) as the only Lions defensive players since 1991 to record 10+ pass defenses in four different seasons.
DT A’SHAWN ROBINSON
In the first quarter against Green Bay, DT A’Shawn Robinson blocked a 38-yard field goal attempt by the Packers that kept them off the scoreboard. The blocked field goal was the first of Robinson’s career and the first by the Lions since November 6, 2016 at Minnesota (DT Tyrunn Walker).
CB DJ HAYDEN
With one pass defense at Green Bay, CB DJ Hayden knocked down the 30th pass of his career.
LS DON MUHLBACH
Following the touchdown on the Lions’ first offensive possession, LS Don Muhlbach snapped on the successful PAT and assisted on the 1,400th point of his career. Overall, he now has helped produce 1,411 points, including 328 field goals and 427 PATs.
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